The -52kg division is another one dominated by the Japan with the No. 1 and 2 IJF-ranked players being Japanese. As expected, Yuka Nishida and Misato Nakamura topped their respective pools (A and C). Andreaa Chitu of Romania topped Pool B while Anna Carrascosa of Spain topped Pool D.
Japan’s Nakamura made quick work of her semi-final opponent, finishing Spain’s Carrascosa off tai-otoshi for ippon within two minutes. Nishida had a harder time coming to grips with Romania’s Chitu who adopted an extreme right-hand stance. It took some time for Nishida to settle in but when she did, she made it count, dropping low with a seoi-nage attack that scored ippon. This meant the final was another all-Japan affair.
Bronze Medal Matches
Joanna Ramos of Portugal scored first with a soto-makikomi for yuko against Carrascosa of Spain. However, the bronze medal went to the Spanish player after she threw her opponent with a sharp ouchi-gari for ippon.
The other bronze medal went to Chitu of Romania who fought a very scrappy match against Priscilla Gneto of France. In Golden Score, when both players were locked into a belt grab-leg grab situation, the Romanian prevailed and knocked her opponent to the ground for a yuko, which was enough to win.
In the all-Japan final, it was the No. 1 seed vs the No. 2 seed. Both fighters are big throwers but it was obvious that Nishida and Nakamura were only too familiar with each other’s fighting styles, resulting in a rather boring final. In the end Nakamura won through penalties.
NISHIDA, Yuka (JPN) vs. NAKAMURA, Misato (JPN)
NISHIDA, Yuka (JPN) vs. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
NAKAMURA, Misato (JPN) vs. CARRASCOSA, Ana (ESP)
Bronze Medal Fights
RAMOS, Joana (POR) vs. CARRASCOSA, Ana (ESP)
GNETO, Priscilla (FRA) vs. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
RAMOS, Joana (POR) vs. GOMEZ, Laura (ESP)
KUZYUTINA, Natalia (RUS) vs. GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)
1. NAKAMURA, Misato (JPN)
2. NISHIDA, Yuka (JPN)
3. CARRASCOSA, Ana (ESP)
3. CHITU, Andreea (ROU)
5. RAMOS, Joana (POR)
5. GNETO, Priscilla (FRA)
7. GOMEZ, Laura (ESP)
7. KUZYUTINA, Natalia (RUS)